Uninstalling applications from your Mac computer is very easy to do, and requires little effort from a user’s side. Additionally, the process is more straightforward, when compared to Windows computers, which require uninstall wizards for programs to be effectively removed.
Why uninstall applications
- There are a couple of reasons outlining why you might want to uninstall some of the apps available on your Mac. Firstly, it is a memory saving practice that is efficient, and is bound to free up your hard-drive memory by at least a couple of gigabytes. You can also speed up your computer, since many apps open on start-up, thus increasing the boot-up time.
- Additionally, it represents a method of keeping your computer organized and clean, since there is no benefit in storing programs that you never actually use. When picking which apps will be uninstalled, and which ones deserve to stay, consider whether you have used the app in the past year. If not, it’s probably collecting dust on your hard drive.
Deleting programs on a Mac
- Finding the apps worth deleting. Open up the Finder app, and click on the Applications folder. Here, you can see all of the apps that are currently installed on your Mac. Browse through them, and mentally pick any app that you wish to delete.
- Deleting the applications. To delete the apps, simply drag-and-drop them into your Mac’s trash can. You can also right-click, then choose ‘Move to bin’. To permanently delete the apps from your hard drive, you’ll have to right-click on the Trashcan icon, and then click on empty trash. You may be asked to enter your password, so do so if it is the case.
Some applications will be a little more complex, and thus leave traces of their existence on your Mac. This usually happens with Games, and similar programs. As such, to fully delete these files from your computer, use the Finder app to search for the app’s name. If anything comes up after you’ve deleted the original app, simply drag those files into the thrash can as well.
Make sure to keep in mind that you cannot delete applications that are part of your Mac’s operating system. Relevant examples in this case include Safari, or the Mail app. You can only choose to hide apps like these.